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Teacher Education

Want to make a positive difference to young lives, in an early childhood, primary or secondary school? The teachers of tomorrow choose ECU's School of Education because we're leaders in education and education research in WA and nationally. We produce graduates who are both classroom-ready and world-ready.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    Education experience top in Australia

    In the latest QILT survey, ECU was ranked Australia's top public university for undergraduate teaching quality and overall education experience in the Teacher Education discipline.

    QILT is an annual independent Australian government survey.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • THE Impact Rankings 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

Courses

If you want to be part of the next generation of outstanding teachers and make a real difference to the lives of young people, our Teacher Education courses will start you on your journey.

Our experienced team are passionate about education and strive to find better ways to help you become a teacher – through pioneering research and outstanding community-based partnerships with schools.

Our courses are professionally accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia. Early Childhood Studies courses have been approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.

Master of Teaching or Master of Education?

Our School of Education offers two postgraduate courses that sound similar, but are tailored to students seeking different outcomes.

Master of Teaching

If you have a degree in an area other than education, these 2-year courses enable you to become a teacher, including completing your studies on an internship in a Western Australian school.

Master of Education

If you're already in the education profession, this is a 1-year postgraduate degree that'll help you progress your career by expanding your knowledge in a specialist area and fine-tuning your leadership skills.

Alternatively, you can complete this course in 16 months, specialising in either Early Childhood Education or Leading Education, via our Accelerated Online mode.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Domestic Students

International Students

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

Realise your dream with our scholarships

Teaching degree benefits

Your teaching career will get off to a great start at ECU. You'll benefit from:

  • our partnerships with over 1,000 WA schools and early childhood centres, where you'll connect theory and practice through professional practice experiences
  • developing your own IT skills, ensuring you're prepared to promote student learning in new and innovative ways
  • the flexibility to take up employment in both private and government primary or secondary schools when you graduate
  • the ability to study online, with some courses being completely online

Explore your options

  • Senior lecturer in Master of Teaching (Primary) Dr Helen Adam on why young children need to be exposed to books containing cultural diversity.

  • 2019 WA Scientist of the Year and ECU Professor of Exercise Medicine, Professor Rob Newton speaks about his secondary school teachers and how they inspired him to pursue a career in Science.

  • School of Education senior lecturer Dr Christine Cunningham identifies trends to help in the education of qualified teachers.

  • Early Childhood Education student Stacey chats about why she decided to study Early Childhood Teaching, why she decided to study at the School of Education at Edith Cowan University, her experiences on placement and how she balances working full-time while studying part-time.

  • ECU Pre-Service Teachers and Mount Lawley Senior High School Staff talk about ECU’s innovative Scholar in Residence Program.

Student stories

  • Lucy Ashby, Bachelor of Primary Education student

    Lucy Ashby

    Bachelor of Primary Education student

    "Encouragement from my lecturers has taught me not to underestimate myself"

    I chose to study at ECU after it was recommended as a specialist university by friends who had recently graduated in Education. I was able to gain entry using a Cert IV in Business.

    My study experience at ECU has been very positive as my lecturers have been approachable and supportive.

    Every semester of my studies has resulted in at least two weeks of practical work placement. Each placement has built upon prior knowledge, leaving me excited about my future career.

  • Helen Hudson, Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) student

    Helen Hudson

    Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) student

    "Lecturers have first-hand experience"

    I chose ECU because of the introduction of the Early Childhood degree to Joondalup Campus in 2012 – this was exactly what I wanted to study.

    I have enjoyed the personal relationships I have built with the lecturers at ECU. They have been very approachable for guidance and the most pleasing part is that the lecturers have first-hand experience in early childhood settings.

    The benefit of studying at ECU is that first year students can undertake practicums that give real insight into education and working with children.

  • Secondary teaching student, Alexander Gibbs with high school arts students on a teaching practicum.

    Alexander Gibbs

    ECU Secondary Visual Arts Education graduate

    "Every unit from my degree has been helpful and I have been able to put the skills I have learnt into practice in the classroom."

    I have a love for art that I wanted to be able to share with others, so I decided to study Secondary Education at ECU with a major in Visual Arts. During the course I had the opportunity to learn across many art areas including ceramics, painting, printmaking and drawing.

    I believe ECU is the best university for Teacher Education as they have a variety of disciplines available and provide so much real life experience in classrooms. I was a bit nervous about going out on practicum placement at first, but I definitely learnt so much out in a real classroom – this experience helped confirm that teaching was the career I want to pursue.